Pakistan Navy War College
|Naval War College|
|Type||Constituent college of the National Defence University, Islamabad|
|Commandant||Rear Admiral Kaleem Shaukat|
|Former names||PN Staff School|
The Naval War College is the Pakistan Navy academic establishment providing training and education primarily to the mid-career officers of Pakistan Navy as well as to a limited number of officers from Pakistan Air Force, Pakistan Army and various Allied forces. It is located at The Mall Road Lahore.
The College was previously affiliated with Bahria University but has recently been affiliated with the National Defence University (NDU) along with other staff and war colleges of Pakistan Army and Air Force.
The genesis of PN War College started with PN Staff School at Manora Island off Karachi in 1968 to conduct Junior Staff Courses to teach elementary staff work, which was later upgraded to War College in 1971 and shifted to PNS Karsaz. In 1995, the College was shifted to Lahore with a dedicated building on Mall Road, which was inaugurated in August 1996. 25th PN Staff Course commenced in Lahore and the college has been conducting regular staff courses ever since.
PN War college conducts Staff Course for officers of Pakistan Navy. Around 60 to 65 officers of Pakistan Navy, with 2 officers each from Army and Air Force, and 10 to 12 International students from various countries attend this year long course. The course is quite demanding consisting of staff skills related studies, naval operational art, military history, war games, research paper and a large number of lectures delivered by prominent national and international guest speakers. On successful completion of Staff Course, the participants are awarded 'psn' symbol by the College and M.Sc. in War Studies by NDU, Islamabad.
On March 4, 2008 eight persons were killed and 24 others injured when two suicide bombers blew themselves up in the parking area of the Pakistan Navy War College. It was the first time a Pakistani naval institution was targeted by the militants (Army has been targeted at least eight times outside the war zone and Air Force twice) since the ongoing War on Terrorism in Pakistan in general and post-Lal Masjid siege in particular. This attack on War College was carried out by two suicide attackers, the first one to clear the way for the second one; and the second one to do the damage.
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